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Definitions for oblivious
əˈblɪv i əsobliv·i·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oblivious(p), unmindful(p)adjective

    (followed by `to' or `of') lacking conscious awareness of

    "oblivious of the mounting pressures for political reform"; "oblivious to the risks she ran"; "not unmindful of the heavy responsibility"

  2. forgetful, obliviousadjective

    failing to keep in mind

    "forgetful of her responsibilities"; "oblivious old age"


  1. obliviousadjective

    Lacking awareness; unmindful.

  2. obliviousadjective

    Failing to remember; forgetful.

  3. Etymology: From obliviosus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Obliviousadjective

    Causing forgetfulness.

    Etymology: obliviosus, Latin.

    Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff’d bosom. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The British souls
    Exult to see the crouding ghosts descend
    Unnumber’d; well aveng’d, they quit the cares
    Of mortal life, and drink th’ oblivious lake. Philips.

    Oh born to see what none can see awake!
    Behold the wonders of th’ oblivious lake. Alexander Pope, Dunc.


  1. Oblivious

    Oblivious is the fourth single by Scottish new wave band Aztec Camera. It was released as the second single from their 1983 debut album High Land, Hard Rain. The song managed a moderate charting of No. 47 on the UK Singles Chart, but a re-release of the song later that same year proved more successful, entering the top twenty and peaking at No. 18.


  1. oblivious

    Oblivious refers to the state of being unaware of or not being informed about what is happening around oneself. It often implies being unaffected or indifferent due to lack of consciousness or lack of attention.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obliviousadjective

    promoting oblivion; causing forgetfulness

  2. Obliviousadjective

    evincing oblivion; forgetful

  3. Etymology: [L. obliviosus: cf. F. oblivieux.]


  1. Oblivious

    Oblivious is a comedy game show that aired within the United States of America on TNN/Spike TV at various points between 2002 and 2004. It was also aired on Challenge in the UK, Ireland and The Comedy Channel in Australia and still airs on Real TV in South Korea and on TV2 Zebra in Norway. It no longer airs on Spike TV. Comedian Regan Burns served as host. A DVD was later released featuring the best clips of both seasons.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblivious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblivious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of oblivious in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.

  2. Alison Bechdel:

    Political is personal; personal is political. I never was a political person until I realized I was a lesbian. I was this oblivious middle-class white kid who didn’t understand the powers of oppression or structure or anything. My very existence became politicized for me and that’s what enabled me to see all these things. It wasn’t just me, it was a whole cultural movement that was also doing those things that I was a part of.

  3. Winning sentence, 1990 Bulwer-Lytton bad fiction contest.:

    Delores breezed along the surface of her life like a flat stone forever skipping along smooth water, rippling reality sporadically but oblivious to it consistently, until she finally lost momentum, sank, and due to an over- dose of flouride as a child which caused her to suffer from chronic apathy, doomed herself to lie forever on the floor of her life as useless as an appendix and as lonely as a five-hundred pound barbell in a steroid-free fitness center.

  4. Louis Aragon:

    Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude. It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.

  5. Charles Day:

    Your finances are the lifeblood of everything you want to do, you shouldn’t be oblivious to what your finances are, just as you wouldn’t be oblivious to your health.

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